Careers and Work

I Hate My Job, But What Can I Do About It?

"Hate my job"Expert Reveals How to Change Your Career By Adding A Little Soul

The late comedian George Carlin once said, “Do you hate your job? Sorry to hear that. There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar!”

As a consultant on employee engagement to major healthcare companies, Melissa Evans understands that feeling well. Her solution to it, however, is a little “uncorporate.”

“It’s a fact that most people don’t like their jobs,” said Evans, also author of Sole to Soul: How to Identify Your Soul Purpose and Monetize It. “According to a recent survey published by Time Magazine, fewer than half of American workers – 45 percent – are satisfied with their jobs. This is the lowest percentage since 1987. Gallup reported that this phenomenon also hurt businesses in a significant way. Companies with large numbers of dissatisfied workers experience greater absenteeism and lower productivity. These workers create a turnover rate of 51 percent. Can you imagine working at a company, or trying to run one, that loses half its staff every year?

That turnover isn’t just from firing or layoffs. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people who quit their jobs from June 2010 through October 2010 was actually larger than the number of people who lost their jobs. Gallup says all these disengaged employees cost the U.S. economy upwards of $370 billion annually. Evans believes that one key way to turn this around is for employees to look inward before they look outward.

Her solution is for workers to get in tune with potential careers and job choices that plug into their passions as a person. She suggests people ask themselves the following questions:

• What do you want? – In an economy that is dicey at best, it seems like it’s a luxury to only consider the jobs you really want, even if they are in a field in which you may have to start over from the bottom. However, consider the alternative: bouncing from bad job to bad job, hoping the next one will be better than the last, when the real problem may be that you just aren’t doing anything you’re passionate about.

• How do you want to feel? – There is a vast difference between getting up in the morning excited about the day and waking up in the morning with a knot in the pit of your belly, anxious about having to go back to a workplace you can’t stand anymore.

• Why should you change course? – If what you’ve been doing hasn’t worked so far, logic dictates you change what you’re doing. My best advice is to find something that drives your spirit and your intellect and pursue that, before it becomes too late for you to fulfill your dreams.

“The first thing most people do when they don’t like their job is to look for another one,” she said. “While that’s valid, I have to question the wisdom of running from a bad job as opposed to pursuing a good one. The problem is, most dissatisfied employees identify a good job as one that simply pays a little more and is not where they currently work. A good job, a good career, is far more than that.”


Melissa Evans, MHA, PMP, Master Coach, self-made millionaire at age 31 and “The Guru of Implementation,” founded The Broshe Group in 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia. With her focus on the healthcare industry, Evans helped numerous companies improve patient care, safety and service while growing profits. Her privately-held company serves clients worldwide.


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  1. bryce currie says:

    Hi, This info is so true, I have spent most of my life hating my job, I think it is because I am so independant, work for myself now and love my job, funny isn’t it. I could relate to all you wrote on this page as I think most of us can also.

  2. I quit a well paid job in the City of London because I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my working life there (I was 36). I’ve freelanced and now run a web business, but have previously done all kinds of poorly rewarded jobs to make ends (almost) meet. It’s been tough but I have no regrets. We only get one visit and it’s crazy to spend it doing something you hate – so go for it!

  3. Hey,

    I hated my day job too.. And still sometimes do, but not as much as I used to hate it.

    I think it really depends on with what people you have to work and ofcource the place were you work. Did you know that recent survey showed that people who see their boss at work place everyday are more likely to hate their job, than people who don’t see their boss at all or sees him once in a while?


    Sarah x

  4. Good article Heidi, I think that a lot of people choose careers based on how much money they will make. They fail to pursue their passion and end up doing something they hate.

  5. Ron @ San Jose Jumpers says:

    Everyone loves their job in the beginning. But if your doing the same thing over and over again for 8 hours a day, soon or later you will hate your job! That’s why my mom always tell me, “make sure you do something like you love, so you can wake up in the morning with a smile.” Thanks for sharing!

  6. I hated my job before but I stayed for a while so i can save some more. I risk my savings and ventured into business of my interest. Now i am my own boss =)